Whether you are clearing a lot in the city or country, the methods used will vary depending on the type of growth and debris that requires removal.

Garbage and Debris

Garbage and debris are more common on urban and suburban lots, but you may also have some debris on a rural site due to illegal dumping or past logging use. Garbage can be as simple as blown-in trash or dumped garbage bags, or it may be as severe as old building materials like brick or large illegally dumped items like furniture and appliances.

Small amounts of garbage may be included with the regular brush removal on the lot, but a large amount will require a full lot cleanup. Materials must be gathered by your land clearing service and hauled to the appropriate dumping site. If there are hazardous materials, such as old car batteries or freon-containing fridges, then there may be extra fees for handling and disposal of these items.

Brush and Grass

Brush and grass are probably the most common types of land clearing necessary for urban, suburban, and rural lots. Brush is defined as any low-growing plants, such as shrubs and vines. Larger trees are not generally considered as brush in land clearing, although small trees with narrow trunks may be included.

The brush and grass are usually cut down as short as possible and then the resulting debris is hauled away. The process may be slow, especially if there is hidden debris like old fencing inside the overgrown brush. The soil is then turned with heavy equipment so that the brush doesn't quickly grow back. More rarely, fire may be used to burn out the remain brush stubble, but this is usually reserved for land that is being cleared for agricultural use.

Trees and Stumps

Tree and stump removal is the most involved form of land clearing. If you have a lot of trees on the property, your land clearing service may contract with a timber company to harvest the usable wood first. This may help lower your land clearing costs. Trees will either be cut down or knocked down with heavy equipment, depending on the type of tree, size, and soil type.

Stumps can be more challenging. Sometimes they can be dug or pulled out with heavy equipment. If only the land surface needs to be cleared, grinding the stump to just below soil level may be the removal method of choice. Burning out the stumps is another option, but it is most often utilized in rural areas.

Contact a land clearing service for more help.